Abi & Herna

The Wedding by David

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart) i am never without it (anywhere i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done by only me is your doing,my darling) i fear no fate (for you are my fate,my sweet) i want no world (for beautiful you are my world,my true) and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide) and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

Have you ever heard of this poem? Read it out loud. Linger for a moment in the sound of it. I heard this poem being recited in movies and it sounds so good I grew curious of it. This poem was written in 1926, by e.e. cummings, a man who often disregarded punctuation or syntax all together. I love how he breaks down the rules, just to accommodate the flow of his creativity. When you think about it, it’s really quite inspiring. In the creative industry, we need to have the courage to break down walls, to try something new different, in order to fully express what’s in our hearts and in our minds. Language is an art, and like all art, it is alive. It must be allowed room to breathe, to break away, to free itself from the confinement of rules. That’s how we create masterpieces, and how we can inspire others by doing it. 


Cheers,

 

David

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22 Jul 2016

Jinesh & Ekta

The Wedding by Ivan

Indian wedding celebrations are always filled with all the things that them so beautiful - the  vibrant burst colors, the pretty dresses, and the dancing! Oh the dancing. There’s a lot of dancing at Indian weddings. Gotta hand it to the Indians, they really know how to have fun. Indian weddings always fascinates me in such ways that I find myself always looking forward to the next one. The celebrations are long, usually about five days, but I can’t seem to get enough. I find myself continuously asking, “What’s next?” because every part of the celebration excites me. 

Every part of a traditional Indian wedding celebration amazes me. But in my personal opinion, what makes the wedding so beautifully memorable is the way the couple look at each other. Take Jinesh and Ekta’s wedding, for example. In the midst of the people who gathered to celebrate their union in a festivity that lasted for five days straight, Jinesh could always find Ekta’s eyes and meet it. The look they give each other, will always be my favorite part of any wedding. 

Congratulations, Jinesh and Ekta. I wish you vibrant bursts of happiness throughout your journey together. 


Love,

Ivan

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21 Jul 2016

Oscar & Raina

The Wedding by Jan

What do you think before your wedding? How do you feel? I can imagine many would feel nervous just thinking about all the things that can potentially go wrong at their wedding. I must admit that I did too. I wanted to make sure everything were just as perfect as I had planned it to be. However, after being married for over a month, I realized that I had not once talked or thought about the things that my wife and I had talked about for weeks before our wedding day. Topics, such as the decoration, the seating arrangements, the entertainment, and every tiny details that HAD to be perfect on our wedding day, always seemed to escape the conversation. We spent weeks talking about it before the wedding and yet, the moment we’ve kicked off our dancing shoes, we no longer do. 

Sure, we don’t have to dwell on the past and we need to continuously direct our eyes to the future. However, some things are just worth talking about because every time we do, the beautiful memories of those things will warm our hearts. Such as the funny coincidences that happened during the ceremony and the party, the jokes that our friends threw in the heat of the moment, the rush of emotions… and every one of those memories were unplanned. Despite the many unplanned occurrences at our wedding, it was in our opinion, still a perfect wedding with many memorable moments. 

If I could give a word of advise to those who are planning their wedding, don’t waste your efforts on the necessary things. Don’t fight over small stuff. Don’t enter heated arguments over things that you might not even remember later on. Instead, look at each other and plan on looking forward to what’s ahead of you. Your wedding will be perfect! 


Cheers,

 

Jan

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20 Jul 2016

Steven & Monita

The Wedding by Paulus

Do you ever find yourself at loss for words when wanting to congratulate someone on their wedding? I know I do. I always seem to find myself going back to the usual, conventional, traditional wishes. “Happy wedding. Congratulations on your new beginning.” Or, “May today be the start of your happily ever after.” Or maybe something equally corny. 

Have you ever thought about what is the most appropriate wish for someone at their wedding? Well, in order to answer that, we’d have to go back to the reason why people would marry in the first place. Why do people marry? Survey will point out many a things, including to find a sense of being complete, to be socially accepted, to gain financial support and provision, even to having sexual fulfillment. Let’s face it, people marry for many different reasons; most will make sense, but some might raise a few eyebrows. So, why should people marry then? I believe that since marriage is God’s idea in the first place, it’s important to look to the Bible to know why we should marry. The first would be to have a companion because “… it is not good that a man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” And the second would be to raise a family because “… Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it.” 

Keeping that in mind, whenever I go to a wedding, I always congratulate the couple for the brave decision they have made to enter the smallest institution created by God and to bless them for the reasons the have entered it. 

Steven and Monita, congratulations on your wedding. May you continuously find a friend in each other. May you always look to each other with admiration, adoration and respect. May God bless you with children to call your own and may God bless the family you will build together. 


Love,

 

Paulus

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15 Jul 2016

Tommi & Audrey

The Wedding by Jan

Three days after we were married, Della and I flew to Paris. I am stationed here for two months due to work and I’m just glad that we have the option for her to accompany me. This is the longest work assignment I have ever been on, but I have my wife and we are in Paris, so I really have nothing to complain about. 

Since the day we arrived, it has been non-stop work. We have had to endure rain, extremely cold weather and even the scorching sun. (And can I just say, Parisian summers are cray-zee!) It has not been easy for me… but this was, of course, not a first for me. It was, however, the first for Della. This was her first time to join me on my trips and sometimes, as my assistant during photo sessions! (Aren’t I lucky to have someone as beautiful as she is to assist me? It’s truly undeserving, really!) It really wasn’t easy to keep up with my schedule, but Della has been nothing but supportive of me. Even when I needed to wake up early in the morning for a sunrise shoot, she was up before me to prepare breakfast for the both of us. Even when I come home later than midnight, she was still up waiting for me. 

I have always know that she would be supportive of me, but I had never expected her to keep up with my crazy schedule. This has been the most beautiful surprise - to learn about how tough my wife can be and how resilient she is. She has been my biggest cheerleader, my counsel and my comfort… Even when I am away from home, by her side, I have found my home. She is truly the best decision I have ever made in my life. 

Today marks 30 days we have been married. Today is the one month anniversary of our wedding. And I wanted to share something that gave me the feels of getting married. But since our wedding album has been shared before, let me share with you my latest work, the wedding album of Tommi and Audrey. 


Cheers,

 

Jan

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30 Jun 2016

Reyhan & Stephanie

The Wedding by Will

Contrary to popular opinion, I think friends make the best wedding photographers. Of course, when I say this, I don’t mean friends with pocket cameras. No, I mean, professional photographers who also have become friends. They make better photographers because they are able to capture the essence of who you are, what you’re like, and they know how to find the best angles to tell your stories as well as finding your best moments. They are able to do this because they have a relationship with you, enough to know about these things. On top of that, they will be able to keep you relaxed, because the last thing you want is to look tense in front of the camera, right?

As much as this would be the ideal situation, I understand how it’s not easy for everyone to achieve this level of “intimacy” in a working relationship. I got to tell you, some people don’t even want to have anything to do with me, other than to allow me to take their pictures on the day of their wedding. It doesn’t discourage me from actually trying to establish some kind of friendship, even if by the end of the day, we leave the venue as mere acquaintance. However, sometimes, I get lucky. Sometimes I meet brides and grooms who respond to my invitation to be friends. And they are the ones who make me become a better photographer. 

On the day before their wedding, I received a text from Stephanie. Even if she had just said, “Hi!” it made me so happy to know that they considered me more than just their wedding photographer and that I felt more like her friend. The next day, when I arrived at her home, I walked in to start shooting as she was doing her make up. She smiled at me and I felt welcomed like an old friend. That moment right there set the mood for the whole day. It helped to create a good atmosphere to start capturing their wedding… They were relaxed, I was relaxed, and it made capturing all the emotions just that much easier. 

Thank you, Reyhan and Stephanie, for giving me the opportunity to stand at your wedding day and capturing the memories. But more than that, thank you for the friendship.


Cheers,

 

Will

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28 Jun 2016

Henry & Claudia

The Wedding by Aha

The distance between one heart and another is usually just a smile across the face. 

I am a strong believer of smiles. It’s weird, I know. Why would anyone believe in a smile? I think you would too, if a smile was all you had to save you on more than one occasion, as it did for me. When I’m nervous, I smile. When I’m at loss for words, I smile. When I’m stuck in an awkward situation, I smile. When I don’t know what to do, I smile. Although even after that all my problems doesn’t magically go away; I don’t suddenly become courageous or find the words I was looking for or that I suddenly know what to do, but I do feel much better about it. On the other hand, I realize that when I do smile, people become more open, more helpful, more accepting. Like as though a smile can release kindness that would otherwise be locked within the tension of the situation. A smile is a sign of respect and of truce and friendliness. It’s the most important thing to do when I meet, not just new people, but those who are close to me too. 

When I first met Hendry and Claudia, I knew straight off the bat that they are believe the same thing I do. Their warm-hearted smile is always so sincere and welcoming, not just to me on that day of our session, but also on the days after as it began our friendship. 

 

Smiles,

Aha

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21 Jun 2016

John & Verlin

The Wedding by Dre

A good marriage is the most satisfying and rewarding thing you can have. It is the deepest and the best of all pleasures you can ever experience. It is a blessed relationship that will uplift, enrich, encourage, and strengthen both the husband and the wife. 

A loving marriage can overcome any obstacles the world may put in its way and strengthen the bond with every challenge conquered. 

A wedding is the start of something better than you have ever imagined. May your marriage be all that you dreamt of and more. 

 

 

Love,

Dre

 

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17 Jun 2016

Justin & Loretta

The Wedding by Adi
A wedding on Wednesday? Sounds a bit odd but that’s not the case in Bali. Here, the term “everyday is holiday” is not a mere tale. Couples might choose any day of the week for their wedding party and yet their loved ones would still crowd the event and stay until the last drop of wine is served. Because, of course, everyone has already flown thousands of miles from home, not only for the wedding, but also to spend an extra day or week for holiday.  On this particular Wednesday, I took my daughter to her school, dropped my wife off at a mall, and then devoted the rest of the day to document Loretta’s and Justin’s wedding. The day wasn’t too hot, neither too humid. Soft breeze blew carrying fragrances from the frangipani flowers all around the neighbourhood. Drops of golden lights peeked through the clapping coconut leaves, all were cheering to the good life on the ground below.  The good life leads to awesome life for Loretta and Justin, as they were uniting in the middle of this tropical magic. On their big day, fairies danced wearing rubber flip-flops and butterflies sprung out of seashells showing the wind how to fly. From start to finish, this jolly occasion radiates warmth and intimacy.  That Wednesday, was an extraordinary Wednesday that just happened to be overflowing with love, emotion, and happiness.  Cheers, Adi
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16 Jun 2016

Stephen & Cindy

The Wedding by Adi

In the olden days, courageous people are those who voiced their opinions and stood up against the system. Socrates, is a popular example. As well as Galileo Galilei, Nelson Mandela, and Jesus Christ. 

In the recent times, as thinkers are now protected by the anonymity of internet, and the system has become very organic, courageous people come in a shape of those who are willing to step out of their own comfort zone. In science there is Justin Schmidt. In sport we have Natalia Partyka. In our home we have our parents persistently saying ‘no’ no matter how terrible the tantrums we've thrown.

In my professional world, I found courage in clients who insisted on outdoor weddings during rainy season. Or those who decided to ride vintage cars, powered by very old pistons, as their D-day vehicle. But the most courageous couple I’ve ever met is Stephen and Cindy. They requested me to shoot their wedding entirely in film. There weren't any back up photography vendors hired. There weren't any video vendors either.

I did realise the enormity of trust put on my shoulders, which is why I regarded this challenge as a mission from George Eastman. The world has gotten to believe that shutter burst would lead you to quality photos but I just don’t think it is. 

Plus, complicated buttons are just annoying. Grains are good.

I proceeded the night with a fat bag of film rolls. But what if these rolls were not in their optimum condition? We wouldn't find out about it until we see eery shadows all over the photos a month later, would we? What if the exposures were not properly metered, causing all those fancy details on the dinner tables to look like plastics bought from a dollar store? What if the only acceptable family photo was the one with the bride looked like she was about to pop an invisible bubble with her lips? All the ‘what if’ are all very exciting.

If I fail this challenge, I can only apologise and examine my failure. But if I nail it, then I deserve the right to recite a quote from Socrates’ pupil, Plato, “Courage is knowing what not to fear.” 

Three cheers for your beautiful wedding, Stephen and Cindy. Four cheers for your courage, and five cheers for your happy marriage. 

 

Adi

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02 Jun 2016
All the way to the bottom already?